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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Learning Mentor/ELSA letter to parents

 Dear Parents / Carers

 

As part of my role in school as a Learning Mentor and ELSA ( Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), I use the ELSA Support website regularly and they have some excellent resources that can be used at home by children and parents to help support with any worries and concerns the children may have during this difficult time.

 

I have put together a list of useful links and ideas to use while learning from home that will help to ease anxiety and also to aid relaxation.

 

ELSA Support is a website which provides downloadable resources that support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence by ELSA’s. A lot of the resources on this website are perfectly suitable for home teaching and there is also a parent section with resources suitable for parents to use. ELSA Website

 

ELSA Support ~ What is the Coronavirus story to help answer questions children may have. https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Childrens-story-about-coronavirus.pdf

 

ELSA Support ~ Why my school is closing story to help children understand.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/School-is-closing.pdf

 

ELSA Support home challenge with many activities and ideas to keep busy at home.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-home-challenge.pdf

 

Make a daily gratitude jar or journal

Studies have shown that …

Gratitude has a powerful impact on our mental and physical well-being.

Gratitude practice decreases stress and negative thinking, increases happiness, and promotes social intelligence.

It makes us more resilient and kinder, and it also strengthens relationships and also helps to ~

  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Increase happiness
  • Make us more resilient
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces materialism
  • Makes us more socially intelligent
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Make us kinder
  • And even makes us more likely to feel love.

 

Daily PE lesson with Joe Wicks at 9am - https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

Cosmic kids ~ Yoga for children - https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

My Happy Mind ~ login in and complete activities and happy breathing - https://myhappymind.org/

 

If you have any concerns or questions surrounding the mental health of your child, please don’t hesitate to get in touch next week.

 

With kind regards

 

Miss Richardson

Learning Mentor/ELSA

learningmentor@willastonce.cheshire.sch.uk



Date: 24 March 2020